Written by John Grosskopf, Fire Chief, Beaver Volunteer Fire Department

It is with great pride and honor that the officers and members of the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department present this 2018 annual report. The data contained in this report serves as a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our firefighters and staff.

We are thankful for the tremendous support received from our community, town council and the other departments we have worked alongside for 2018. Our value to the community is measured directly by the services we provide. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality services to those who live, work and visit our community. We invite everyone to visit the Beaver VFD and meet the wonderful people who make it all happen. As we look back on 2018, It has been one of the most successful years for the Beaver VFD for training and certifications. For the second time in 2018 we have been recognized by the Office of the State Fire Commissioners as having over 50% of its members certified to the National Professional Qualifications Standards. We are currently at 71%. The program recognizes those organizations that support, promote, and encourage their emergency response personnel to voluntarily certify within the Commonwealths’ Certification Program administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

We currently have ten members certified at the Firefighter I level and six certified at the Firefighter II. Four members will have received both certifications in the same year.

During 2018 the members put in 215 hours of vehicle and building maintenance. They completed 460 hours of mandatory in-house training. An additional 1037 hours was spent on extra training to accomplish various certification levels. Over the last 25 years the fire department has taken a more proactive approach in teaching Fire and Life Safety Education. We put in over 60 hours teaching fire safety to preschoolers, elementary school children and senior citizens. I can’t say enough about the special group of firefighters that have helped make this program so successful over the years, and the donations from businesses to help support the program for training aids and handouts for the kids.

During the year the members participated in six live fire training exercise. First Aid / CPR, Vehicle

Rescue Training and Hazardous Materials Operations Certification Training and Firefighter I and II certification training.

We have responded to 132 calls for 2018.

The members of the Beaver Vol. Fire Dept. respond to a wide range of emergencies that threaten the lives and property, routinely risking their own lives to protect others, whether they are friends and neighbors or total strangers. The members of the Beaver VFD are motivated by a sense of duty, tradition and pride to train and prepare themselves and to be available to respond when they are called upon. They accept the risk and find the reward in the simple satisfaction of performing an essential and critical service to the community of Beaver. It is an honor and privilege to be the Chief and serve with the men and women of the Beaver Vol. Fire Dept.

 


VFD 2018 Annual Report

As we look back on 2018, it has been one of the most successful years for the Beaver VFD for training and certifications. For the second time in 2018 we have been recognized by the Office of the State Fire Commissioners as having over 50% of its members certified to the National Professional Qualifications Standards. We are currently at 71%. The program recognizes those organizations that support, promote, and encourage their emergency response personnel to voluntarily certify within the Commonwealths’ Certification Program administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

We currently have ten members certified at the Firefighter I level and six certified at the Firefighter II. Four members will have received both certifications
in the same year.

During 2018 the members put in 215 hours of vehicle and building maintenance. They completed 460 hours of mandatory in-house training. An additional 1037 hours was spent on extra training to accomplish various certification levels. Over the last 25 years the fire department has taken a more proactive approach in teaching Fire and Life Safety Education. We put in over 60 hours teaching fire safety to preschoolers, elementary school children and senior citizens. I can’t say enough about the special group of firefighters that have helped make this program so successful over the years, and the donations from businesses to help support the program for training aids and handouts for the kids.

During the year the members participated in six live fire training exercise. First Aid / CPR, Vehicle Rescue Training and Hazardous Materials Operations Certification Training and Firefighter I and II certification training.

We have responded to 132 calls for 2018.

The members of the Beaver Vol. Fire Dept respond to a wide range of emergencies that threaten the lives and property, routinely risking their own lives to protect others, whether they are friends and neighbors or total strangers. The members of the Beaver VFD are motivated by a sense of duty, tradition and pride to train and prepare themselves and to be available to respond when they are called upon. They accept the risk and find the reward in the simple satisfaction of performing an essential and critical service to the community of Beaver. It is an honor and privilege to be the Chief and serve with the men and women of the Beaver Vol. Fire Dept.

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